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Cure Insomnia Naturally: 5 Ways Paleo Helps You Sleep

by Evan Brand
Home/Blog/Protect Your Mental Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Insomnia affects approximately 1 in 3 Americans, leaving many wondering: How can I cure insomnia?!

While conventional medicine turns to prescription sleep medications as the miracle “insomnia cure,” there’s another (natural) cure for insomnia many people don’t talk about. We call it the “Paleo way of life.”

The result? You’ll sleep like a lion.

The #1 Natural Cure for Insomnia: Eat & Live Paleo

Eating and LIVING a Paleo lifestyle does a lot of things. But what it REALLY helps is cure insomnia (naturally).

Here are 5 things that happen to your body when you eat and live the “Paleo way”…

1. You reduce blood sugar crashes

When you’re used to eating the “standard American’s” amount of carbohydrates, your body is in a constant state of panic. When excess sugar is added to the blood in the form of breads, pastas and plain ol’ sugar itself, the body has to immediately deal with it.

Insulin releases to shove the sugar into the fat cells and take it out of the blood stream. When this happens, blood sugar then goes down, but often times, it drops too low. Cortisol then has to be released in order to release sugar back into the bloodstream. This process causes a panic response to the body and can result in anxiety and other physical issues.

But, when you reduce the amount of carbohydrates that you consume, your body is able to relax on a chemical and physical level.

The natural blood sugar pattern is stabilized which results in more stable energy and emotions. The emotion part is one of the more important aspects to health that not many people talk about! You’re crazy when you have erratic blood sugar cycles.

With the addition of good quality fats into the diet, our hormones are stabilized as well as our blood sugars. A much calmer and collected human is the result.

2. You reset your circadian rhythms

Your circadian rhythm is your natural biological clock: the one that tells you it’s time to wakeup (with the sun) and go to bed (when it’s dark).

This is accomplished by a proper cortisol rhythm. When the diet is dialed in and the blood sugar rollercoaster is eliminated, cortisol takes a much more normal pattern.

Normal patterns ideally are when your cortisol levels are highest in the morning and lowest in the evening. This is what gives us the drive to get up, go and get the day moving. Cortisol is essential for life and mobilization and should not be demonized.

Your cortisol can be retrained to its natural state, so your circadian cycle can reset too!

Melatonin should be lowest in the morning and highest near midnight. Those that don’t have these dualistic cycles properly regulated are wide awake at 9pm and exhausted throughout the day.

3. You go outside

When you go outside, you boost many of your natural feel good neurotransmitters and hormones.

The thousands of hours I spent working in the temperate forest taught me the importance of nature.

When you are exposed to bright light, you prevent what’s called melatonin reversal.

This is a huge problem for many people who struggle with seasonal depression (SAD) and office workers with low energy.

When you spend your time indoors you’re exposed to around 400 lux of light. Lux is a measurement of brightness. A sunny day can be 100,000+ lux.

This is crucial for sending the “wakeup and go” message to the brain and body. Although other factors can also impact cortisol production, light exposure can drive cortisol production. This is why the dark and gloomy days make it so hard to get up and out of bed.

4. You go to bed when it’s dark

Just as I mentioned the cortisol and light connection, this is important to know for night time exposure to light too. When you sit next to “artificial suns” (lamps and fluorescent lights) all day, you don’t get the opportunity to start producing melatonin.

Melatonin is not just a potent sleep hormone. Melatonin actually fights cancer. I discussed this with Dr. Richard Hansler on my podcast in great detail. A study with nurses comparing third shift workers to day shift showed a large increase in the chance for breast cancer. Dr. Hansler directly linked this statistic to the lack of one our most powerful antioxidants, melatonin. The study had to be halted due to overwhelmingly negative results against the subjects.

When you adhere to a Paleo lifestyle though, you begin to mimic, or at least honor, the natural rhythms of the sun. Voila: Insomnia be gone.

5. You live in the moment

People have begun to question everything.

From the huge homes, fast cars and white picket fences that many people dream of, to simply providing for their families, many of us have had to reconsider our aspirations.

I personally have adopted a minimalist lifestyle which I’ve written about on my site. It enables me to be more productive, focus on creating top-notch content for my readers and listeners and simply be happy with less. Who would’ve thought less things make us happier? A revolutionary concept to say the least.

Don’t get paralyzed by fears of the future.

Living to the fullest each day is a huge relief from the constant thoughts and worries of our future. What we do today shapes a healthier, more sustainable and happier future for all of us.

The Bottom Line

If you want to cure insomnia, modern day humans need a reboot (for their sleep and their diet).

Personally, from my time spent working third shift as a depressed and irritable college student, to a modern-day nomad, now working in the temperate forest helping maintain hiking trails, I’ve discovered many things. Rebooting our system (especially our eating and sleep routines and habits) is one of the most impactful things we can do.


About the Author:

Evan Brand designed a program to help people change their sleep environment, learn supplement protocols, and use therapies that lead to better relaxation and better sleep. It’s all available at


The Paleo movement incorporates several different optimizing perspectives for helping you improve your health, all based on the latest science. Everyone is different. We want to support you in understanding your unique genetic makeup, symptoms and health goals so you can choose the path that is right for you.

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Evan Brand

Evan Brand

Evan Brand is the writer and podcast host behind Not Just Paleo. He began using personal experience and accumulated research to his advantage and began to collaborate with experts in Holistic Medicine, Neurofeedback, and Alternative Health to conquer one main goal… To help you discover what, why and how to simplify and improve your life […]